Originally Posted by chops018
No that's no problem at all. I don't mind someone being harsh, once they are not insulting.
I do have an interest in it, not a huge one, but I do in the fact it may further my career in law and then I thought it could be used for a different path if I wanted to go down that route solely.
I've a huge interest in Law and I was wondering would such a qualification be attractive to employers and getting a paid apprenticeship - as I see some of the big Tax firms in Dublin are also the same firms that give out the paid Solicitor apprenticeships.
I'd love to get, and do, any qualification that would make me more employable in any aspect of the working world really. Also I love to better myself in doing such courses. And the above doesn't seem as costly, and it there is a qualification at the end of it, and if it lead to my real passion - law, resulting in a paid apprenticeship then I would be delighted.
Look, I know what you mean. Don't take these things lightly, it isn't overly expensive, but it is costly just the same. I will be finished my professional law exams in October hopefully, and I'll have 5 years to get an apprenticeship after that. Would taking from now till this time next year to see what position I'm in etc. be a good idea, and then reassess the above? Instead of fast tracking into it now and realising this time next year it was possibly a waste of money?
I understand where your coming from and how difficult it is to get into law these days but I'm not convinced signing up for tax exams just now is the way to go.
I've been involved in the recruitment process for an accountancy firm and its very transparent when a candidate doesn't have a genuine interest in the position at hand. This is even more transparent with the ever increasing number of candidates with a legal background applying half heartedly for tax roles. I know when I interviewed candidates, regardless of how impressive a law graduates background was, if the passion for a career in tax wasn't there then they weren't offered a position.
If you have a genuine interest in tax and want to secure a tax role, then yes signing up for the tax exams will most definitely help you.
If your interest lies firstly in law, and you commit to these tax exams, then you run the risk of any future employer doubting your interest in law and wondering if tax is what your more passionate about (given the financial/personal commitment). You could of course omit this from your CV but then this defeats the purpose of signing up in the first place.
Tbh it depends what type of practice you intend on applying to also. I could probably reconcile the benefit of signing up for these exams if your intending on applying for one of the bigger legal firms who offer rotations- that way you can angle it in your interview that whilst you've an interest in both tax and law and look forward to using your tax knowledge in a tax based rotation, your also interested in exploring rotations in litigation etc. And should you get an permanent offer at the end, then just choose a more tradition legal department. In this instance, tax would help you get in the door initially but possibly allow you to practise in a more traditional legal route long term. Of course, this is the ideal scenario and only you know how realistic your chances of this happening are.
Of course smaller legal practises may have exposure to more general work where someone with both legal and tax knowledge would be appreciated. But are many smaller legal practises hiring?
As for applying for accountancy practises, and as above, I can only speak from my experience but if you dont have an interest in tax right now then it might be best to hold off on this route for a while. In any event I'd imagine it'd be a lot more difficult to transition into law long term. But that's not to rule it out completely. And if applying to legal practises isn't proving fruitful, then this route is definitely one to consider. But do not apply until you have a serious understanding of tax and at least some interest.
As an aside, you might also want to have a look at the AITI syllabus- corporation tax, income tax, indirect tax etc. And forget doing the technician course, wouldn't be of much benefit to you in my opinion.